Having spent the last 97 years in the top tier of Cork hurling, Glen Rovers were relegated last night after losing the county premier senior hurling championship relegation play-off by three points against Kanturk.
It means that the club will now play in the Senior A grade in 2024.
The club of legendary figures such as Jack Lynch, Christy Ring and in modern times Patrick Horgan last won the county premier senior title in 2016 but were beaten finalists in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Glen Rovers have won 28 titles since 1926, with only Blackrock having more victories to their name in history.
Throughout yesterday evening's game in Fermoy, Kanturk hit nineteen wides but despite this the Duhallow men still managed to prevail.
The Glen went into the interval leading by a point but failed to kick-on in the second half.
FT in Cork relegation final:
Glen Rovers 1-13
The Glen's 97-year senior status is no more.
— Eoghan Cormican (@cormicaneoghan) September 16, 2023
They faded in the third and fourth quarters and had their opponents been more accurate the scoreline could've looked much worse.
Glen Rovers manager praises team
Speaking during the week to the Irish Examiner manager Richie Kelleher had praised his players.
“We need to bring everything about Glen Rovers that we have in our blood. If we do that and if we do the best we can, we'll take the result either way.
“That's all I can ask of my players; go out, do the best you can, and get stuck in. It might be old school, but you've got to work your socks off. The game hasn't changed in that sense.
“Hopefully our fellas will go and give it all. We’ve one last chance. We have stuck together through all this, there have been no fallings out. There have been harsh words, of course there have, but we've stuck together. We'll win and lose together.
“The support from within the club too has been unbelievable, phone calls and texts offering to do anything, which is great because it just brings unity.”
Despite being united, the unthinkable has happened for the proud Cork city club who will be hoping for a swift return to the top tier next year.